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Meet Dorothy Milone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorothy Milone.

Dorothy Milone was started by Shelley Bivins several years ago. Shelley worked in concert promotions and radio. Her tours included Prince, Luther Vandross and New Edition to name a few.

Tons of girls auditioned to be a part of Shelley’s creation/concept. Dorothy Milone is a multiethnic girl group. Although the current girls are not the original members, we have held on to the dream that women and girls of all nationalities can work together for the love of music. Like real sisters, we don’t always agree, but our love and respect for each other and our desire to make it to the top keeps us driven and moving forward.

In the beginning, Dorothy Milone had an international “girl talk” radio show. The steady appearance requests on both sides landed them smack dab in the middle of the music scene. Dorothy Milone started blazing the girl group trail like Destiny’s Child with a diverse twist.

Following their event with Chris Bivins at the BET Experience at the Staple Center, Dorothy Milone connected to LA producer/casting director, Jonathan Cruz well known for his work on Bad Boys and with Kanye West and Lenny Kravitz… And to keep that visual flare, they enlisted the talented stylist Nico Nivadura with Masaki Matsuka in Beverly Hills. Nico helps keep the look poppin’ no matter where the garments come from.

Known for their tantalizing moves and songs like ‘Gas U Up’ and “Imagination” featuring Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Tokyo Vanity, this girl group made their way onto college radio and major markets all over the USA. They’ve received social media shout outs and encouragement from national artists including Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane and Grammy nominee Ari Lennox.

Dorothy Milone prides themselves on giving back. Each year they assist with Toys for Tots, they volunteer with shelters and mentor young girls. Last year they joined the “Streetz Blunt Truth Tour” an event that combines performances with youth discussions that target bullying and violence in teen relationships.

Their new single “Bad Habit” was just released. The girls are currently putting a spin on the song and promoting it all around LA. This gives them an opportunity to point out bad habits among people who are trying to adapt to the pandemic, while still promoting the song.

Has it been a smooth road?
One of our challenges has been keeping the faces of the group consistent. This business isn’t easy and its sometimes difficult to stay positive when the odds are stacked against you. Many young ladies want the overnight success and don’t realize how much hustle it really takes to make it in the music business.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I think what sets us apart from most is the multiethnic makeup of the group (African American, Caucasian and Guyanese). We pride ourselves on having very different backgrounds and traditions but can come together on one accord. The common thread is being female. We all share the same issues overall.

We are really proud of our podcast now too. How many girl groups have radio shows? (lol) We had to get creative with the pandemic and decided to present “Dear Dorothy” a segment of our very successful radio show from the past. We present it Zoom-style and have welcomed guests from Wild N Out, Love & Hip Hop and more.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What we like most about LA is the ability to reach out and get whatever you need on a higher level fast. Whether it’s studio time, set up a photoshoot, collab with like-minded musicians, etc. The things we like least are costs. As independent artists, everything we do starts and ends with us. We don’t have a big label behind us to foot the bill.

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Jon Abarca

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